Dunn's Corners School

Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe

September 16, 2022

Good afternoon DCS!


We had kindergarten join our school community this week! It was great welcoming our new friends and the teachers are working hard on learning routines of the classroom and school.


Check out the WPS digital backpack!


Please send your child to school each day with a refillable water bottle so they may access our water filling stations.


Please do not send cupcakes and other nonhealthy treats for birthday celebrations. This is per policy.


This month, our schoolwide theme is "our school as a welcoming place," where every student feels like he or she belongs. We’ll be reminding students to welcome others and act and speak in safe, respectful, and responsible ways. In addition we’ll be reminding students of our Three B's! Ask your child what they are and what they mean. We’ll also begin teaching the Second Step program, which includes lessons that support these behaviors. Support your child at home in welcoming others and acting and speaking in safe, respectful, and responsible ways. Please tell your child’s teacher if you have questions about specific ways you can help your child with these behaviors at home.


Please keep up with information regarding the school buildings project, which directly impacts improving DCS. Check out the, specifically the 8/25/22 link webpage.


Finally, remember to go directly to your child's teacher for any questions, concerns, positive feedback, or for information about the school day.

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Attendance Update

The realistic goal is to have less than 5% chronically absent, but ultimately 0%. Chronically absent is defined as being out 10% of the days in school. This data impacts our STAR rating. Once a student is out at 10% of the year to date then the school team including attendance officer will be contacting you per WPS school committee policy.

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We will be using #dcsanchors all over social media. Look for it on twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!


Have a great weekend!

Mr. Morrone, Proud Principal of DCS!

Morrone's DCS VISION and Vision Story


Vison: All students will make a year or more growth in all curriculum areas.

My story for behind the vision:


My vision for all students fosters taking on each individual child at their “entry point” and growing them in the areas of math, reading, and writing. We are here for 100% of our students and I am confident we all want this for each of our students.


While sitting in countless meetings, visiting the classrooms, and talking to students, we have the capacity to better understand our students’ needs to support their growth and development academically and emotionally.


Our staff will work tirelessly and together to ensure success. Success can be defined for each child differently.


Given all of this we can make progress towards the vision!


We also can be a five star school and a national blue ribbon school if we all stay focused and keep the vision alive! This is my goal and I hope it is the goal each of you believe in because that is my purpose and your purpose!

Proposed Dunn's Corners School Plans (cafeteria out of basement)

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Free and Reduced Lunch

The school is required to have a form completed for every student. Even the students that do not qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch. Please complete even if you are not sure you would qualify. Click here to be brought to the forms. Thank you!

Use the School Bucks App!

No need to send kids to school with cash for lunch when there is a quick and convenient alternative. Download the School Bucks App and easily create an account for each child. You can add money to their account with the click of a button and get warnings when your child's account is getting low. Click here for more information.

Come to the first PTO meeting!

Tuesday, Sep. 20th, 7pm

8 1/2 Plateau Road

Westerly, RI

Come do wonderful things for your child's school. Be involved and informed. The first PTO meeting will be held in the library at Dunn's. We hope to see you there!

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS

The yearbook needs your help. Please e-mail any first day photos you have to dcsyearbookphotos@gmail.com. When attaching them, please choose the option for "Actual Size". Thanks in advance for all your help.

Early Release Thursday

We will have an early release on September 22, 2022. Dismissal will be at 2:00 pm on that Thursday.

Need some help? Look no further.

Below are some resources you or someone you know may need. If you miss a resource, they will be displayed again in the future or you could reach out to the Parent Liaison, Nicole Esposito.


Rent Relief RI: This is a free program that helps renters and landlords in the state of RI.

This program will provide rental and utility relief payments to help eligible renters maintain housing stability. Contact information is below.


https://www.rihousing.com/rentreliefri/

1-855-608-8756


Free Tutors: Click the link below to enroll your older children in free tutoring for math and SAT prep. It is for students in grades 6 - 12.


https://enrollri.org/acn


United Way 2-1-1: Whether you need to find daycare for your child, get financial assistance for a utility bill, find a mental health counselor to help you in a crisis, or connect with any other kind of community service, you'll find all the answers you need by calling 2-1-1.


www.211ri.org

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Science Saturday with URI

Saturday, Sep. 24th, 10am-4pm

215 South Ferry Road

Narragansett, RI

Guests of all ages are invited to the University of Rhode Island Bay Campus to learn the latest in marine exploration, discovery, science and management. The free event is also a chance for guests to take part in behind-the-scenes tours, interactive experiences and conversations with a wide variety of ocean experts.


Register today for access to special tours and to stay in the loop on event updates!


Click here to register for this event.

Ready to Learn

At the beginning of the school year, there is a strong focus on the 3 B's and what it looks like in different areas of the school. What does it look like to BE RESPECTFUL in the library? What does it look like to BE RESPONSIBLE in the cafeteria? What does it look like to BE SAFE in the classroom? Teachers and staff are discussing this with students throughout the day to promote positive behavior in school while we build our school community.
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BOKS (Build Our Kid's Success)

The BOKS Burst Weekly Activities, found in the September Fitness Calendar, are meant to get you and your kids up and moving throughout the day. Studies show that daily movement breaks increase focus, improve mood, and have many added health benefits. Let's all get moving this week with the below bursts!


Please click here to see the September Fitness Calendar. If you click an activity on the calendar, it will bring you to a YouTube video explaining the activity.

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